By Robert Murray
Parliamentary executive in Victoria is now greater than a century and a part outdated. it's a tale of low and high lighting, idealistic commitment and self-serving manipulation, with many vibrant figures - yet over the a long time the improvement of an outstanding culture of democratic carrier to a not easy public with excessive expectancies. This booklet concisely describes the start within the 1850s of democratic, self sustaining executive and its development over fifteen many years. This ebook is a paperback publication of 244 pages and comprises many black and white political cartoons.
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Request the Imperial Government to amend the Constitution to tame the Council, on these lines. London refused him, however, saying it had delegated the power of amendment to Melbourne in 1855. 2 The voters returned Berry at the 1880 election with a mandate for Council reform, though with a reduced majority. After torrid sessions 43 150 Years of Spring Street As it happens, Premier Berry’s assault on the Legislative Council in 1878 coincided with the Ned Kelly gang bushranging outbreak in north-eastern Victoria and the Riverina.
Ministers had the power to award or secure jobs in their departments to followers, not just in the civil service proper but in the police, railways, post office and other services, where work was relatively secure and comfortable, compared to the arduous life of a rural worker. The ministers also had the power to dismiss government employees but it was not often exercised, so a serious ‘spoils’ system did not develop. Several political forces were emerging in the Victorian community, including among the elites.
Liberal opinion led by The Age charged that change would ‘endanger the Education Act’, while The Argus and its ilk were quick to accuse liberals of a shamefully bigotted ‘No Popery Cry’. In this atmosphere, ‘That Awkward Animal Again’. Financial aid to non-state schools has always been a divisive issue in Australian politics. It was especially bitter in the 1870s, after the Education Act of 1872 established ‘free, compulsory and secular’ primary education. Most Catholics, led by Archbishop James Alipius Goold, strongly opposed the loss of taxpayers’ money for their church school system.